Played Ocean Dunes on my way up to Cape Wickham. The course was mostly complete with three holes on the back still under construction. I played them anyways: “cross-country” style which was enough to get a feel for them.
The course is on a great piece of property and makes good use of the elevation changes. The seaside holes are spectacular, especially the par 3 4th and the par 3 10th. The smell of the salt air is reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest and a reminder that the latitude is getting really south.
I also really enjoyed the inland holes on the back nine. The topography makes for terrific golfing terrain.
The other great feature of the course is you can be teeing off within ten minutes of picking up the rental car at the airport.
Had a chance to chat with Graeme Grant after my round. His passion and commitment for the place was obvious. Lots of hard work was invested.
Although King Island is a very long way for non-Aussies to travel, the Cape Wickham / Ocean Dunes combo is fantastic and definitely worth a return trip. I only hope for a bit of an upgrade in terms of available dining and accommodation (the kitchen at Cape Wickham is great though).
Date: November 02, 2016